October 17, 2013
Today, our four Official Monitorers, José Alberto, Rosa Isela, Javier, Erika and I made an appointment to meet at their school. There I was, having the fortune to get their teachers' permission to make some photos about their school life for you.
Remember our four friends and their parents are now living in the "Barrio Sustentable Monarca." A kindergarten and elementary school were just opened last August, after long, complicated government proceedings to provide education for the children of families badly affected in the flood events in 2010. Before now, all of these nearly 150 children attended school within very irregular conditions and depending on the ability of their parents to send them to different schools in town. Their life was still emotionally and financially not stable, and public services such as water, electricity roads and transportation were not regular either.
We left directly from school to make a long and enjoyable walk around El Cerrito watching for trace of a Monarch. El Cerrito, only some hundredths of meters away from their home, is Monarchs make their last halt before reaching two main Sanctuaries near our town.
Most children who knew where we were going in that moment asked to us astonishingly:
They nodded their heads without a word, as if judging us silly with a slight, laughing shine in their eyes knowing we would not be lucky, but happy to have us to walk around until getting exhausted. That it was. NO MONARCHS YET.
Exhausted and disappointed, we made towards home, not really enthusiastic to fill in our monitoring map with a zero report this week:
"Monarchs should not take not long to appear," we assured to each other, not confessing among us our deep, real wish to see them within only some days. The difference in shine in those childrens' eyes at school, hardly able to raise our arms to wave good bye to each other, but firmly convinced that maybe next week could be the one . . .
Until next week,